Philippe Coutinho's Quotes After Leaving Liverpool Have Come To Haunt Him
Liverpool were confirmed as champions on Thursday night and it might have left Philippe Coutinho wondering 'what if,' with his future up in the air.
The Brazilian midfielder, who was the Reds' best player not too long ago, might have been happy for his former teammates and manager after Chelsea's win over Manchester City confirmed their first title in 30 years, but it probably also caused some introspection.
Things haven't gone well at all for Coutinho since leaving Anfield in January 2018 whilst the fortunes of Jurgen Klopp's team have just got better and better, and he'd probably sooner forget what he said on leaving the club.
"Everyone knows that I wanted to come to Barcelona. It wasn't possible in the summer, but we worked so that it could be done in winter," he told 8tv's 'Fora de Joc' in February 2018.
"I really want to win big titles, it was one of the reasons that made me sign for the club. I want to win as many as I can, I don't have preferences."
Big titles have been the order of the days since then in Merseyside with the Champions League, UEFA Super League, FIFA World Club Cup and Premier League all won by Klopp's men in just over a year.
In the meantime Coutinho has won two league titles with Barcelona, and the Copa del Rey, but that only tells part of the story.
The Catalan giants were already leading by quite some way in La Liga when he arrived in January 2018 and played 18 times to help them get over the line.
Last season he was involved in 34 league games, although plenty off the bench, and was criticised for his form despite the team retaining the title.
He was part of the team as Liverpool beat them 4-0 at Anfield in last season's Champions League semi-final, which must have been galling for the 28-year-old.
As Liverpool finally put an end to their life without a Premier League title, the former Inter man is ending his time on loan at Bayern Munich, where he's started just 15 league games this season.
There seems little chance the Bundesliga champions will want to keep him at the Allianz Arena and nor do Barcelona really want him back to be part of their team next season.
Liverpool and Coutinho's projectories seem to have gone in almost completely opposite directions since he left. The only way consistent 'big titles' would have come his way would have been by staying put.